An update to last April’s post about free web-based IWBs.
Last April, I wrote a post about a few Online Interactive Whiteboards that I had checked out. That post remains one of my most popular posts, so obviously this is a topic of interest to a lot of people. [Note to readers: There is now an updated version of this post, with new links added, and apps that are no available removed, here: "6 Free Online Collaborative Interactive White Boards – 2012 Update". - KW 11/5/12]
I figured it was time for an update, to check out new tools, and to see if there have been any changes with the apps I reviewed last year. Below I have listed 6 web-based Interactive White Board applications, and provided a little info about each. This is followed by a comparative table of some desirable functions.
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Here’s a table comparing some of the features and functions of these different tools.
|Application||Collaboration functionality||Work can be saved?||Upload images?||Other Notes|
|Scriblink||Yes, via email and URL (but I couldn’t get it to work!)||Print, Save, or E-mail||Yes||Variety of paid business plans available, providing extensive customization (branding) options.|
|Writeboard||Yes, via email and URL.||Yes – save the whiteboard, or export it to a txt or html file.||No||Writeboard is a text document collaboration tool, not a drawing collaboration tool.|
|Dabbleboard||Yes (via URL).||Yes (save images to Library on their site, or download as a png file)||Yes||Nice library function. Also has an embed feature. Has Pro version that provides privacy and branding functionality.|
|Scribblar||Yes (via email invite)||Yes (save whiteboard ‘room’ on their site, or download as a jpg file)||Yes||Has an easy to use ‘embed’ feature that lets you embed their whiteboard ‘room’ into another web page.|
|ImaginationCubed||Yes (via email invite)||Print or send whiteboard via e-mail (can’t save as an image)||No||Nice ‘replay’ function that will replay everything users did in a whiteboard session|
|Skrbl||Only in paid version||Can save work on their site?||Not clear||Beta release with issues.|
Scribblar and Dabbleboard are both pretty solid tools and I recommend them both. ImaginationCubed is also a nice app, and it’s great for doing something simple and quick, but not as robust as Scribblar and Dabbleboard.
If you’re interested in collaborating on a text document, Writeboard is worth trying, but Google Docs is probably a better way to go (although you do have to set up a Google Account, which is free, but a little more involved).
Skrbl is just not ready for prime time, and Scriblink may not be quite there yet either (although it looks like it could be just as capable as Scribblar and Dabbleboard, if I could only figure out how to successfully collaborate with it!).
At the end of last week’s post, I suggested that I would probably be writing about my experiences with screen capture tool Camtasia this week, but obviously I chose not to. Camtasia just recently released an upgrade to Version 7, and I was just learning Camtasia 6, so I’m working on transitioning to and learning Ver 7 and will be blogging about it soon.
In the meanwhile, I’m heading down to Orlando this week to attend Campus Management’s CampusInsight Annual Conference (we use Campus Vue at the college where I work). Campus Management acquired Talisma last year, a major player in CRM in Higher Ed. I may take a bit of a tangent from my usual focus on instructional and classroom tech to discuss this exciting administrative/business app for Higher Ed.
Please be sure to stop back next week and see what we’re learning about!
Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Interactive (online) Whiteboards – Part 2 of 2
Mimio’s unique approach to Interactive White Board technology
Learning about Interactive Whiteboards for the Classroom
9 insightful videos about using SMART Boards in the Classroom
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